FirstEnergy utilities restore power to nearly half of those impacted by Irene

Crews continue working to restore service to another 450,000 customers who remain without power as a result of the storm

August 29, 2011 — As a result of Hurricane Irene, more than 850,000 FirstEnergy customers in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Maryland were without power. To date, electrical service has been restored to more than 400,000 customers.

Crews continue working to restore service to another 450,000 customers who remain without power as a result of the storm.

FirstEnergy utility Jersey Central Power and Light reported 380,000 customers still without power. About 70,000 Metropolitan Edison customers are without power as of press time.

While crews are making progress, debris from downed trees and limbs and areas of heavy flooding are hampering restoration efforts. Many of these outages are isolated and will require a number of repairs to bring small numbers of customers back in service.

As debris from the storm is being cleared, customers are cautioned never to touch downed lines. Customers should always assume downed wires are carrying electricity and are reminded to keep their children and pets away from downed wires.

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